Whole foods, Whole 30, and being Paleo have been part of my life for the last 3 years and it has been a journey to say the least. I just finished another Whole 30 with my husband and felt the need to share another experience. Each time I do the Whole 30, it sparks new conversations with my clients and team, and usually inspires a few people to try it. This excites me every time! Why do I love talking about food? Well, it has changed my life. And, I hope to inspire YOU to change your life in a positive way.
What is the Whole 30? It is a 30 day program, think elimination diet meets paleo. This is not a "quick fix". This is not a diet. This is a 30 day program to teach you how to meal prep, grocery shop, read labels, cook, eat balanced meals, and eliminate all "added" ingredients in your current diet. Why does it work? It is based on whole foods, no gimmicks, no fads, not a weight loss solution, not a trend.
My best advice is READ THE BOOK! I have the Whole 30 book and lend it out often, so if you want to check it out, I will let you read it. But, if you do not read the book and only look up recipes on the internet, I can guarantee you that you will fail. I have seen it over and over again. Why? Because you do not understand why you are eliminating each food group or that you shouldn't live on LARAbars. Some whole food packaged food is ok in an emergency, but everyday life is not an emergency. That is what this program is all about. Teaching you how to plan, cook, shop, and eat.
Food heals. I don't know how else to say it. My pains, inflammation, arthritis, hand and knee pain and swelling, TMJ, poor sleep, foggy brain, skin issues and breakouts, and the million stomach/digestion issues I had, have all gone away. GONE. I could go on and on about the issues I had. Really, I spent everyday dealing with something, and I thought that was normal. Now, there is nothing I deal with unless I eat something that isn't in my normal "whole foods", and sometimes that happens because we go on vacations, we eat out, and sometimes I just crave something different. I just recognize when a flare-up happens as a sign that food can be more poison or my medicine, and I choose for it to be my medicine.
I just watched a documentary on Netflix, called The Magic Pill and this is a great documenarty to inspire you or someone you know to start eating a Whole food or Paleo/Keto diet. How do you begin this? Well, I began with the Whole 30 and then it eased me into Paleo immediately because I realized how much better my ailments were in 30 days. So, why wouldn't I want to feel this good everyday? I choose my health over sugar, processed foods, grains, and other things, because I am worth it.
"Paleo diet focuses on eating high-quality fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, meats, eggs, and seafood. Because Paleo naturally avoids refined sugars and processed carbs, it is significantly lower in carbohydrates." -Paleohacks.com. After a few years of eating Paleo, I realized that my snacks and some meals were based around packaged foods again and convenience. When I see this happening is when I go all in and do another Whole 30 to help me resit my cravings, get in a better routine again, and start cooking more!
My journey eating Paleo is now about cooking and eating each meal as balanced as possible. What is balanced to me? High fat, high vegetables, low amounts of fruit, no added sugar, lots of water, medium-high protein, and low carbs. I try to limit my meals out, limit my smoothies and juices, and cook as much as I can. This is similar to the Keto diet, so my lifestyle I would say falls in between Paleo-Keto. Read more about the differences of Paleo and Keto here.
What does a typical day look like? My meals are something like this:
- Breakfast - 1-2 eggs with Ghee, spinach, broccoli, and onions, a half of avocado.
- Easy and quick breakfast or snack - Smoothie with almond butter, spinach and fruit
- Easy and quick lunch - Wild caught tuna from can with oilve oil or mayo and half avocado
- Planned lunch - leftovers of chicken, broccoli, and sweet potato and avocado oil with salad
- Dinner - Organic chicken with my favorite paleo mayo, artichoke hearts, garlic, and ghee. Side of cauliflower/broccoli "rice" with ghee, spinach, onions, and a side salad with my favorite paleo ranch dressing
The best thing about eating this way is it is simple. Just make sure you eat enough and fill up on vegetables and fat, not carbs. Feeling inspired? Try it! It's only 30 days... you can do anything for 30 days.